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Saw V (2008)

Cast: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Betsy Russell, Mark Rolston, Carlo Rota, Julie Benz, Greg Bryk, Laura Gordon, Meagan Good

Director(s): Scott Hackl

Language: English

Genre: Horror

Synopsis

Continuing on with its story despite the death of namesake killer Jigsaw in the third installment, SAW V concerns itself with detailing who will carry on with his bloody work. Director David Hackl, the production designer on the previous three films, retains their familiar charnel house look. Though there are fewer grisly death sequences, faithful viewers will enjoy the creative plot twists. The film opens with a man strapped to a table above a pendulum. As the sharp blade begins swinging over h... [Get complete synopsis]

 

motleymitch wrote on February 12, 2010, 1:36 pm
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Big fail here. Darrell rented this so we sat down for a mindless thrill-fest (minus the thrills). Kinda funny that my mom watched with us too. I haven't seen parts 3 & 4, nor have any desire to, but I guess you don't really need to. This film provides enough frickin' flashbacks to update the newbies, also ensuring the original Jigsaw killer gets screen time, since he's technically been dead for 2 or 3 movies now. So between mucho flashbacks and lots of boring detective work, I kept forgetting that meanwhile there's 5 people stuck in another complex Jigsaw torture house, trying to solve riddles to get out alive. Of course, at this point in the franchise, all anyone wants to see is new and nifty traps and methods of killing people. It doesn't take long to figure out how all this gets played out, but what was really confusing/distracting was the casting choices of the two main leads (Costas Mandylor & Scott Patterson) because they looked exactly alike. When put into the dimly-lit confines of the film, it was hard to tell them apart sometimes, especially when they had a fight scene. You couldn't at least cast a blonde guy, just to tell them apart? Here's Scott Patterson:
motleymitch wrote on February 12, 2010, 1:37 pm
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...and here's Costas Mandylor:

motleymitch wrote on February 12, 2010, 1:40 pm
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I mean, at least two different dudes!

Deril wrote on February 12, 2010, 5:24 pm
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Agreed on all counts. I have seen Saw 1 to 3 and now 5. Don't think it mattered that I missed 4. Anywho, I did enjoy the 5 people trapped in the house / maze thingy, wish the movie focused WAY more on those guys and less on the actual 2 leads.

Agree again with Mitch about all the flash backs. Too much and it really wasn't needed.

Anyways, I'm sure over the next few weeks Mitch & I will be reviewing Saw VI (Mitch, you know it).

motleymitch wrote on February 12, 2010, 5:56 pm
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I hear it's terrible - I'll be right over!

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